Nestle Purina Pet Care Food Safety Symposium

by Tom Mueller Sales Manager

What is Downstream Collaboration?

Let’s take the Nestle Purina Pet Care Food Safety Symposium as an example. 120 members of the pet food manufacturer’s supply chain gathered in downtown St. Louis, MO for 3 days in September.

After nearly 20 years of hosting this symposium, Kim Kemp (Director of Food Safety), Alexandria Hammel (QA Specialist), and Stefan Goodis (Program Manager) of Nestle Purina have perfected downstream collaboration by inviting experts of stored product pests and the food safety industry to speak to the elite crowd of 120 people about how to protect the brand they have worked so hard to establish.


Among the attendees were representatives from Nestle Purina supply chain distribution, warehousing, manufacturing, retail, and professionals hired to manage pest control. They gathered to absorb information on how to protect their facilities from stored product pests and food pathogens. Everyone was encouraged to take the valuable information and implement it in their own food safety programs. Congratulation’s Kim Kemp and the Purina Food Safety Team for training 1000’s of pest management professionals over the past 20 years. You have made a difference.




Foodborne Illness

There are approximately 76 million cases of food-related illness in the United that we have watched grow up.” States each year. There are also about 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths. Under-developed countries experience about one billion cases annually and four to six million deaths.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 97 percent of all cases of food-borne illness come from improper food handling. Most of these (79%) are from commercial establishments, while the other 21 percent originate in the home.


New ZIKA Treatment Standards

United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) Update on China’s Requirements for shipment from ZIKA-INFECTED Countries

This information is from the FAS understanding of China’s measures impacting goods exported from the United States with regard to control of Zika virus, as of August 19, 2016. This is not official USDA guidelines regarding compliance with China’s new policies for shipments from Zika-affected counties. Please bear in mind that this information may change as further clarifications and updates are made available to FAS from counterparts, and industry stakeholders clarify implementation of the new requirements and minimize potential trade disruptions.



Chinese authorities require all cargo originating from the United States to provide proof of disinfection upon arrival at the Chinese port, either air or sea. This applies to all vessels that left the United States on or after August 5, with the exception of containers kept at or under temperatures of 15 C (59 F).

Disinfection treatment may be carried oChina’s policy applies to Zika and yellow fever and will remain in effect until March 2017, subject to adjustment or renewal depending on the situationut by physical or chemical means and does not require fumigation. Chemical means could include surface spraying, space spraying, or fumigation, depending on the shipper’s choice.

Treatment can be carried out at any point during the shipping process. For example, it is acceptable for containers to be disinsected before loading, certified as mosquito free, then loaded in a mosquito-free environment.

For more information about fumigating containers and FAQs on this new international quarantine policy, go to or call 1.800.992.1991

Source: USDA

Dave’s Soapbox


Insects are a symptom of a condition. If you offer them the ideal temperature, food, and harborage they will thrive, many times reproducing hundreds of offspring in four to six weeks. If you take one of those conditions away, you may still have insect pests but they may not thrive. If you take all of these ideal conditions away they will die or go away. That is pest management in its purest sense.

We as humans often have a hard time imagining what an ideal condition is for an 1/8-in. beetle or 1/4-in. moth that has evolved differently than we humans. But in fact it is somewhat the same: sex, food, harborage, and moderate temperatures.

The food source can be as little as a dusty surface, where flour beetles graze like cattle on grass, or spoiled food trapped in a drainage pipe, where fruit flies are reproducing at a rate of hundreds a week.

Temperature is the one factor that can accelerate insect growth and development. For every 10 degrees Celsius you get a doubling of respiration and activity. So from 10° C (50° F) to 18° C (64° F) to 30° C (86° F) to 35° C (95° F) you get a 16-fold increase in insect activity. Like insects, humans become stressed in hot weather. Place an insect in your hand for a few minutes. Watch it increase in activity as it warms. This stressed activity can help the pest manager increase mortality faster with less insecticide or fumigants.


Harborage: insects can live outside and inside. Native populations of Indian meal moths are an example of how this Public Enemy #1 can contaminate a grain bin, a food or seed warehouse with the doors open while loading trucks, or your garage and infest stored bird seed or pet food. If you want to find out if you have outdoor pest insects, place a pheromone trap in a tree or fence line and check it for yourself.

As you perform your job of lowering customer complaints, start looking at things differently. For example, what if you check a pheromone trap and it is empty. What does that mean? Are there no pest insects in this area? Or does it mean that the insects that the pheromone trap is targeting flying moths or moths that are present but not flying yet.

At about 18° C (about 64° F) the temperature in the warehouse or storage bin is less than 64° F.

Pest managers create dozens of small oases under outdoor rodent bait stations and can’t see them. Moisture and organic debris seep under these bait stations and attract a multitude of miscellaneous insects and arthropods. Look under a bait station and see for yourself. These oases can be eliminated by simply moving the traps 1 foot away from the environment under which they are thriving. This is especially true in the hot summer months when moisture is scarce.

Poor Recordkeeping: So often I see that a technician has written a check on a pheromone trap that states: 0-4, 5-9 or 10 or more. Really! I was in a multi-million-dollar court case where this type of poor record keeping was used. The warehouse was said to be 68° F in Texas (year around). The pheromone traps were capturing beetles. In some areas 10 or more per week per trap. During the court proceedings I ask the question: What does 10 or more mean? They could not provide an answer. Was it 11 or was it a 1000! They lost the case. It is what you don’t see that is what is important. I recommend removing the captured insects every week and don’t write on the trap anything except the date the pheromone lures were placed. Period!

Finally, practice this when you drive your car down the highway. When the temperatures are above 65–70° F insects hit the windshield. When it is lower, they are not flying. So when you hit a ‘bug’ on your windshield, think pest management and how the insects are becoming active in your facilities and homes.

One of my favorite days of the year is when I see my first insect hitting the windshield. I shout for joy because the cycle begins again!!


The All Beetle Trap

By Alain VanRyckeghem, BCE Technical Director

For many years, Insects Limited has sold beetle traps from several different manufacturers and has sold its own Pantry Patrol and PC Floor trap alongside them. By working with these traps we have seen a variety of good and bad trap characteristics available in a wide price range. Recently we decided to take the better trap characteristics, eliminate the bad and create a newly designed trap. After two years of design and prototype testing, the All Beetle Trap™ is ready for sale. This pheromone lure contains beetle pheromones for Red flour beetle and Confused flour beetle (Tribolium spp), Cigarette beetle (Lasioderma serricorne), Warehouse beetle (Trogoderma spp.), Rice weevil (Sitophilus spp), and will attract over 20 species of stored product beetles.

New All Beetle Trap

What makes this trap unique and better? We want to cater to the service technician; it has to be easier to open, close, and inspect. To this point we have a clear top trap that eliminates the need to open every trap to ‘count zeros’. The low profile and rectangular shape allows the All Beetle Trap to be placed tightly into corners and slip under equipment that most other traps cannot access. The sides of the trap are shallow and multitextured to allow all beetle types to crawl into the pitfall design. The pit of the trap is easily removable, but has a ‘snap-fit’ that will not slip off accidentally.

The entire trap is made with polypropylene which is durable and washable if needed. It is sturdy and will not crush under the weight of a person. The pit of the trap can be used with Insects Limited’s highly effective Pantry Patrol gel packets or be fitted with a custom glue board. The choice of using a glue board allows the technician to use a variety of baits or lures for specific or groups of beetles. It also can be used without glue boards to live capture beetles that produce natural pheromone. This method has proven to be effective in a food storage warehouse environment.

The All Beetle Trap will be used primarily for stored food beetles such as Saw-toothed grain beetle, Flour beetles as well as Warehouse beetle, Cigarette beetle and Grain weevils. The new trap will also be incorporated into the Hide beetle trap kit and Carpet beetle trap kit, rather than the flat paper glue board traps presently available. This trap can accommodate other baits to trap and monitor for red-legged ham beetles (Necrobia) or even cockroaches. Future research will determine if this trap works on bed bugs.

This affordable and field proven new pheromone trap is available from Insects Limited (1.800.992.1991/ or its distributors. Product code: IL 2700-10, 10 traps and pheromone lures per box.

Brownies with Bugs


As part of the Girl Scout Brownies program, Troop 821 from Westfield, Indiana spent an afternoon with Insects Limited Entomologist Pat Kelley to earn their “Bug Badges.” The badges show that they have accomplished a journey in research and discussion on the topic of insects. The girls learned about the benefits and detriments of insects on our lives. Part of the program named “Good Bugs, Bad Bugs and … Big Bugs” included interaction of the Brownies with live tarantulas and giant millipedes. Troop leader Tamrynne Eblen stated that the girls loved the presentation and had a blast participating. We at Insects Limited are happy to play a small part in educating these future entomologists!